Technology

Yahoo for teachers

Posted on August 31, 2007. Filed under: Technology |

Looks like Yahoo! is getting ready to launch a web portal for teachers at http://teachers.yahoo.com/

At first glance, it seemed like some other educator portal sites I’ve come across, with the ability to store and share websites, photos, lessons and worksheets. However, since there aren’t any guidelines or much moderation at these sites, the quality of lessons varies greatly. The Yahoo site looks like they may be emphasizing the social networking aspect, with the ability for teachers to easily share information, talk in forums, and easily copy other lessons to their own portfolios!

Some good features talked about in the video tour are the Gobbler (the ability to drag and drop content into a sidebar to update your page) and having the ability to link to the built-in standards.

Looks like it will open sometime this fall. I’ll keep you updated!

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iTunes-more than just music

Posted on August 13, 2007. Filed under: Technology |

I may be a little behind in the times (she admits in shame) when it comes to some technologies. I love music, and need music to help me through my day. I have my Yahoo music station playing as I work. The only gadget that I own is the one that is on my smart phone. My husband has his own iPod (yes I can use it too) that he has loaded with music and books. Our girls have one, but rarely use it (still too young to appreciate it I guess). 

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you something that I would never have guessed that iTunes would have, (remember I said earlier I am behind the times in some areas…) educational podcasts. When talking with a new high school math teacher last year, he shared with me some of the technologies he was using in his class. He had found some podcasts about math. Really! Yep, there is LOTS of them. Most free, a few you need to pay for. As I continued to search the different content area, I found many interesting lectures from the Depression to human cells to how to pronounce the word asterik and it’s proper use. You can also learn a new language (I am sure the instructors are much nicer than my ‘ol Spanish teacher- eeehhh!). I wish I would have found this one album that has about 10 rules of math in Hip-Hop -Learning to the Music (8th grade math) from Odyssey Sound Lab, LLC.  This one does cost $8.91, but if I was still in the classroom it would be worth it. Check it out if you teach middle school math. If you are familar with the web site StoryNory you will find several of the stories on iTunes as well.

Well I encourage you to consider using podcasting in your classroom. You or your students can create songs about math or grammer rules. Tell a story or describe an event in history. Use video to create a small play. Dictate spelling words…if students have iPods they can take these home and use it as a study guide. You can also load it up on your teacher web site. The possibilities are endless for students who learn in a variety of ways.

 PocketJeanz

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Tonight’s blogging class

Posted on August 1, 2007. Filed under: Technology |

Tonight I’ve been teaching a Blogging 101 class. Here’s a list of class links:

Kathy Schrock’s blog http://kathyschrock.net/blog/

http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/

http://nlcommunities.com/communities/alannovember/

http://www.techsavvyed.net/

For a list of other educational blogs, see http://kathyschrock.net/edtechblogs.htm

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